Bioblitz Event at New Castle County Whitewood Natural Area

Trekking Through Whitewood Village and New Castle County Park Natural Area


The Christina Conservancy held a Bioblitz to explore the Whitewood Natural Area and New Castle County Park on June 7.

The Christina Conservancy held a Bioblitz to explore tWhitewood Natural Area and New Castle County Park on June 7.

Area of Christina River Watershed and New castle County Parkland where BioBlitz was held.

Click image to see area of Christina Watershed and New Castle County where the BioBlitz event was held on June 7.

On June 7, 2014, a group of Christina Conservancy Trekkers (CC Trekkers), led by Derek Stoner, professional naturalist from the Delaware Nature Society, embarked on a Bioblitz of the Whitewood Natural Area and New Castle County Park. They wanted to see birds, trees, wildflowers, and anything else they could find on 60 acres of forested rolling lands.

Following the trek, Derek Stoner said, “I really enjoyed being part of the BioBlitz this morning at Whitewood Village. From Zebra Swallowtail to Six-spotted Tiger Beetle to the Box Turtles, the group was treated to a lot of highlights in a short amount of time. With great weather and a wonderful bunch of people, we had an excellent opportunity to sample the diverse flora and fauna.”

More events like this will be held in the future. Interested participants can send their contact information to the Christina Conservancy by e-mail: christinaconservancy@gmail.com.


Trekkers’ notes, compiled by Derek Stoner, Judy Montgomery, Lorraine Fleming, and Greg Inskip follow below.













The following list of Flora was compiled by Lorraine Fleming with identification of grasses by Greg Inskip and recording assistance in the field from Derek Stoner and Judy Montgomery.


Ferns Trees Vines and Brambles
Sensitive Fern Red Maple Poison Ivy
Christmas Fern Sweet Gum Japanese Honeysuckle
Cinnamon Fern White Oak Common Greenbrier
Royal Fern Northern Red Oak Mile-A-Minute
Marginal Wood Fern Scarlet Oak Oriental Bittersweet
Lady Fern Willow Oak Virginia Creeper
New York Fern Ironwood Wineberry
lvory Glade Fern American Beech Northern Dewberry
Tuliptree Black Raspberry
Grasses Common Pawpaw Wild grape
Sweet Vernal Grass Wild Black Cherry
Kentucky Blue Grass Mockernut Hickory Shrubs
Orchard Grass Sassafras Barberry
Brome Grass Flowering Dogwood Strawberry Bush
Switchgrass Box Elder Multiflora Rose
Meadow Fescue Osage Orange Arrowwood Viburnum
Deer Tongue Grass River Birch Spicebush
Broom Sedge


Flowering Herbaceous Plants
Broadleaf Plantain Silverweed
Narrow-leaved Plantain Canada Goldenrod
Daisy Fleabane Elm-leaved Goldenrod
Pennywort Lance-leaved Goldenrod
Oxeye Daisy Yellow Wood Sorrell
Venus Looking Glass Northern Bedstraw
Common Yarrow Dogbane
Canada Thistle Blue-eyed Grass
Bull Thistle Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Sorrell Jewelweed
Corn Speedwell Garlic Mustard
Common Milkweed Common Blue Violet
Swamp Milkweed Mayapple
Foxglove Beardtongue Stinging Nettle
Bulbous Buttercup Wild Bean
Cow Vetch Smartweed
Common Cinquefoil


 Animal data compiled by Derek Stoner with assistance from Judy Montgomery


Reptiles Mammals
Box Turtle White-tailed Deer (tracks)
Raccoon (tracks)
Amphibians Beaver (damage on trees)
American Toad
Wood Frog
Pickerel Frog
Birds Birds Butterflies
Canada Goose Red-eyed Vireo Zebra Swallowtail
Great Blue Heron Blue Jay Tiger Swallowtail
Great Egret American Crow Spicebush Swallowtail
Little Blue Heron Barn Swallow Monarch
Cattle Egret Tufted Titmouse Cabbage White
Black Vulture Carolina Wren Little Wood Satyr
Turkey Vulture Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Red Spotted Purple
Osprey American Robin Silver Spotted Skipper
Red-shouldered Hawk Gray Catbird Least Skipper
Red-tailed Hawk European Starling
Mourning Dove Cedar Waxwing Dragonflies
Downy Woodpecker Eastern Towhee Common Whitetail
Hairy Woodpecker Field Sparrow Green Darner
Red-bellied Woodpecker Scarlet Tanager Eastern Pondhawk
Northern Flicker Northern Cardinal Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Pileated Woodpecker Indigo Bunting Painted Skimmer
Eastern Wood-pewee Red-winged Blackbird Halloween Pennant
Acadian Flycatcher Common Grackle
Great-crested Flycatcher Brown-headed Cowbird Damselflies
Eastern Kingbird American Goldfinch Ebony Jewelwing
Assorted Arthropods Assorted Arthropods Mollusks
Carrion Beetle Cricket species River Clam species
Six-spotted Tiger Beetle Grasshopper species Land Snail species
Wood Roach Bagworm species Oyster species
Cranefly Goldenrod Gallfly
Spittlebug Dog Tick
Stink Bug Spider Mite
Termite Wolf Spider
Leafhopper species Daddy Longlegs
Ichneumid wasp species